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Environmental Funding after COP21: Five discussions we need to continue

Environmental Funding after COP21: Five discussions we need to continue

Posted 14 January, 2016

How can environmental funders effectively help build climate resilience and support the transition to a carbon-free world? What role should philanthropy play in mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund? And what does this mean for our business as usual? To address and discuss these questions, almost 200 environmental grantmakers met during COP21 in Paris, hosted by Fondations et Climat and the French Foundation Centre. Over the course of four intense days, five dominant discussions emerged.

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Why We Need to Keep Searching For a More Effective Climate Change Narrative

Why We Need to Keep Searching For a More Effective Climate Change Narrative

Posted 4 January, 2016

The agreement reached at COP21 signals a level of ambition that exceeds what many battle-weary campaigners believed was possible. But a great deal of sustained political will is going to be needed if we are going to turn the rhetoric into reality. This is inconceivable without support from across all of society. Now more than ever we need a coherent, comprehensive and credible strategy for public engagement that is based on research-based evidence rather than the received wisdom of past environmental campaigns.

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Why fund the politics?

Why fund the politics?

Posted 21 December, 2015

A few years ago, I sat down to dinner with a group of enthusiastic young parliamentary candidates standing in the the 2010 election. In the company of climate scientists, policy experts and senior politicians, we talked about how to make climate change and low-carbon solutions central to their work in Parliament when (or if) they were elected.

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

Posted 16 December, 2015

Since EFN published Passionate Collaboration in 2013, ‘Back from the Brink’ has emerged — a unique collaboration between eight organisations committed to making a collective impact for a common cause: bringing endangered species in the UK back from the brink.

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Outside the comfort zone – reflections on funding environmental movements overseas

Outside the comfort zone – reflections on funding environmental movements overseas

Posted 7 December, 2015

As a funder working to save tropical forests, we’ve always had a focus on cleaning up our own back yard – namely driving deforestation out of the supply chains that suck huge amounts of paper, palm oil and timber out of rainforests (or rather, land that used to be rainforest) and dump the product into stores across Europe. But to quote one NGO director, “a campaign that doesn’t follow through is a campaign that didn’t win”. And with this in mind we embarked on the part that comes next – making policy and market commitments bite in countries that still have forests to chop down.

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Thinking Systemically

Thinking Systemically

Posted 3 December, 2015

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” Gregory Bateson So what is the difference between how nature works and how people think? As empowered change agents, how can we help to align human systems so that they are in harmony with our natural systems? This is something that I have been exploring for the last 12 years working at the nexus of sustainability and finance as a change practitioner with WWF-UK and The Finance Innovation Lab.

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Seeking More, and More Effective, Environmental Philanthropy

Seeking More, and More Effective, Environmental Philanthropy

Posted 1 December, 2015

How can we make environmental funding as effective as it can be? How can we encourage more funders to support the natural systems on which humanity depends? These twin questions drive the Environmental Funders Network; we invite you to expand on your own answers through submissions to this blog.

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